FIFA 21 Ultimate Team will add co-op play and new Icons11th August 2020
Electronic Arts (EA) has released the Ultimate Team trailer for FIFA 21 and teased it will be the most social FUT experience of all-time.
The announcement was densely packed with many of quality-of-life improvements alongside new features.
One notable change is the removal of fitness items which means players will no longer have to apply as many consumables to their team between matches.
Similarly, manager items have also been taken out of the mode and this will reduce the number of ‘filler’ items in packs.
Although, there will be new customisation options for players’ stadiums and these may well end up serving as the new pack fillers.
One of the more exciting changes arriving to Ultimate Team is the ability to play Squad Battles, Friendlies and Division Rivals cooperatively.
There will be new rewards and objectives geared around co-op that should result in the mode becoming more fun, as users will no longer have to play by themselves.
In previous additions, there were special cards released weekly based on real life performances that gave upgrades to players who had performed well.
However, the upgrade system was limited due to how the current algorithm calculates the boosts.
In FIFA 21, there will be unique cards that receive boosts to more accurately reflect the moment for which they have been chosen.
For instance, if Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold scores a free kick, his stats will be upgraded to reflect that memorable goal.
In doing so, that particular version of Trent will have much greater free kick abilities than his other cards.
This in turn should make these unique cards more desirable throughout the course of the year, as different cards can be acquired for varying purposes.
FIFA 21 Ultimate Team will also be removing the infamous ‘shushing’ celebration alongside reducing goal replay times to help curb toxicity.
While this initially seems appealing, there will no doubt be a few rotten apples who discover new ways to wind up players, such as using the new Mbappé crying celebration.
EA have also announced several new Icons who will be introduced to FUT 21, including the legendary Eric Cantona, Ferenc Puskas and Davor Šuker.
Ashley Cole, Nemanja Vidić, Petr Čech, Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o, and Xavi will also arrive in next year’s instalment.
The FIFA 21 Ultimate Team trailer revealed much of what is to come, though, there is still no update on Icon Swaps, Icon SBCs or player ratings.
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